Carole Baskin announced that she joined a celebrity support group following the release of the Netflix documentary series Tiger King in March 2020.
Baskin, an animal rights attorney and CEO of Florida-based animal shelter Big Cat Rescue, became the subject of headlines and abuse on social media after speculating on an episode of the series that she might have been involved in the dis -pearance of her second husband, Don Lewis.
Tiger King pursued Baskin’s escalating feud with Oklahoma-based private zoo owner Joe Exotic.
In the third episode of the series, Exotic promoted a theory that Baskin killed her husband and fed his remains to the tigers in their sanctuary.
He also suggested that Lewis was buried in a septic tank in the sanctuary, but the tank wasn’t installed on the property until years after Lewis dis -peared.
In January 2020, Exotic was sentenced to 22 years in prison for hiring someone to murder Baskin, forging wildlife records, and for violating the Endangered Species Act by killing five tigers.
In an -pearance on Dax Holt and Adam Glyn’s Hollywood Raw podcast last week, Baskin discussed how she handled media and public attention after the show was released.
She revealed that a celebrity – whose identity she did not reveal – had invited her to join her emotional support group.
“Somebody reached out to me and said, ‘I have this group of celebrities and we’ll meet’. Before Covid-19, they met once a week and they all got together and talked about what it was like to live their lives, ”she said.
“I can understand why celebrities walk around in dark glasses and scarves … because it’s overwhelming to be around people all the time.”
Baskin said the sessions were postponed online due to the pandemic and were held through Zoom.
The first one she was invited to had “21 or 22 people” present. She claimed that she only failed to recognize three members of the group who were sports characters.
“I was amazed to be in a group of people who were so well known and so loving. They couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful, ”she said.
Baskin recalled saying of a member of the group that she “had no idea” how her reputation would be treated by the media.
“They said she never read the news or the comments. It was really good advice and I can’t help you enough to get out of there so quickly, ”she added.
Some of Baskin’s distinguishing features are her long blonde hair and her penchant for animal print clothes.
When asked by the hosts if their clothes help the public spot them faster, Baskin said she changed her clothes to attract less attention.
“When I travel, I have three cat-print shirts that I wear when I go out and I have my hair up all the way and I have a mask on,” she said.
Baskin said that despite the rant of social media abuse she has faced over the past 18 months, she has no regrets about participating in the Tiger King series.
“I think everything h -pens exactly as it should and it always h -pens for the best, even when we can’t see it,” she said.